New Milford, CT’s close call with a Supercell (5/31)

A Severe Thunderstorm impacted New Milford, CT between 7:36 and 7:55 PM last night (May 31, 2017). The storm strengthened into a possible tornado producing supercell over Dutchess county, NY with a very large hail signature east of Poughkeepsie shortly before 7:00 PM.

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Significant Damage was reported with this storm in Wappingers Falls around this time: “Tree tops snapped off. House impaled by branches. Shed blown down and partial collapse of house. Event occured on Maloney Road near Rt. 376” 1 inch diameter hail was observed in Arlington, and golf ball sized hail in Poughkeepsie around this time also.

The storm began to develop a hook echo signature as it approached an area just northeast of Hopewell Junction.

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Additional wind damage was reported:

Hopewell Junction: “Trees Down”

East Fishkill: “Trees down”

The storm maintained moderate to strong rotation all the way to the Sherman, CT, New York state border – the rotation at this time prompted a tornado warning from the national weather service.

Additional wind damage reports came in just west of the state line:

Hurd Corners: “Multiple maple trees downed”


The rotation began to rapidly weaken over Sherman, while areas of New Milford along Route 7, north of the Route 202 split reported 1″ hail.

No wind damage was observed, torrential rain, frequent lightning and locally severe hail occurred at the height of the storm.

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